Glens Falls The Adirondack Wedding Association (AWA) awarded a free wedding package from its spring planning weekend in Glens Falls to a Hudson Falls couple, who married at noon Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.
The wedding, according to AWA spokesman Mark Brenneisen, took place in Crandall Park with a reception following at Sweet Basil Restaurant in Queensbury.
Brenneisen advises the AWA membership of over 70 vendors, who graciously voted to donate elements of an entire wedding reception last spring to one local couple in need. Contestants had to submit an essay to AWA to qualify, and the winner was voted on by the membership. The hard decision was made, and the package was awarded to Nicole Maines and John Hoague II, both of Hudson Falls.
“Miss Maines has been enduring a condition known as Idiopathic Intra-Cranial Hypertension (IIH) since 2009, when she was diagnosed,” Brenneisen said. “She has a Ventricular-Peritoneal Shunt (VP shunt) in her brain running from a programmable valve on the outside or her skull down to her abdomen which deposits excess fluid into her peritoneal cavity. Nicole has had several surgeries in the past and continues to deal with daily headaches, nausea, severe hearing loss and periodic loss of vision.
“She met her fiancé, John, in Union Springs, N.Y. over 10 years ago while attending boarding academy together. They have remained in contact, and when Nicole moved back to the area in 2009, they began their life together, while also supporting Nicole’s 5-year-old daughter, Vanessa. The bride’s parents also lost their house a couple years ago and are not able to assist with the wedding planning or payments. Miss Maines remains out of work since 2009, pending a disability hearing to determine her status.”
Donations from AWA members include, along with their values: Sweet Basil, all food/beverage at cost; Total Entertainment five-hour free reception (worth $1,300); Collignon Photography, wedding and reception shoot ($1,500); North Country Photoworks, engagement session ($300); Bigler productions video, ceremony and full bridal cut ($1,000); Tina’s Hair Affair, bride’s trail and hair styling ($200); Arbonne, bride and wedding party makeup ($200); Danielle’s Bridal, bride’s dress ($500) and groom’s tuxedo ($150); Blooms Florist, half of wedding flowers ($250); Cottage Crafts Florist, half of wedding flowers ($250); Pristine Limousine, three hours free limo ($400); The Living Harp, free ceremony music ($300); Stomach Cakes, free wedding cake ($300); Sleep Inn, free overnight in Jacuzzi suite ($200); and Dunham’s Bay Resort, free rehearsal dinner ($500).
The total package value was about $7,650.
AWA finishes with this statement: “This first annual prize promises to be a very special day in the lives of two people and their families. The AWA commands over 40 percent of the regional market collectively among its membership and is home based in Glens Falls, at 206 Glen St. AWA produces the largest bridal shows in the region, and awards over $35,000 in free wedding packages, prizes and giveaways from its vendors annually.”